From the Daily News:
A Queens community board that approved the renaming of a street for police shooting victim Sean Bell has outraged the family of a fallen cop by refusing to grant the same honor to the slain officer.
Adding fuel to the controversy, the chairwoman of Community Board 12 suggested this week that risking one's life in the line of duty is part of a cop's job and that an officer's death doesn't necessarily warrant a street renaming.
"For every police officer that puts on a uniform and carries a gun, if they should perish in the line of duty, does that mean we have to rename a street after them?" Adjoa Gzifa told the Daily News when asked about a recently submitted proposal to honor NYPD Officer John Scarangella, killed in the line of duty almost 29 years ago.
Gzifa, 63, has been consistent in opposing street renamings for local notables. She was one of only two Community Board 12 members who voted against renaming part of Liverpool St. in Jamaica for Bell.
Renamings have "gotten out of hand," she said. "There are so many other ways to honor someone's name without putting it on a street sign."
Family and fellow NYPD officers first submitted their renaming request for a part of Baisley Blvd. in front of the 113th Precinct in 2006. That proposal was rejected because it did not meet "local criteria," Gzifa said, meaning Scarangella's contribution to the community did not live up to certain standards.
Thomas Scarangella, 36, who was 7 at the time of his father's death in 1981, said his family was "shocked" to see the same community board that refused his family's earlier proposal later accept Bell's.
Community Board 12 also rejected a street renaming for slain Officer Eddie Byrne of the 103rd Precinct in 1988, before eventually approving it in 1989, according to the PBA.
Die trying to run police over, get a street named after you. Die protecting the community, get rejected. Welcome to Queens!